Philadelphia Eagles Strong Safety Quintin Mikell and the 2011 NFL Combine
With the potential that starting strong safety Quintin Mikell may depart from Philadelphia, the Eagles need a strong showing from literally last line of defense at the combine.
Did they get it?
According to Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, there wasn’t a single safety that really stood out from the rest. “This is a real bad safety group” were his exact words in response to a question asked by National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson.
National Football Post Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting confirmed Mayock’s reaction to the safety class saying, “Brutal safety class… can anyone run?” He went on further to say that he didn’t feel as though none of the players anticipated to be selected in rounds one through three stood apart from each other.
I recently attempted my first ever Eagles mock draft. I feel the Eagles will select linebacker Lawrence Wilson out of Connecticut. Some liked the pick while others said a strong safety would be taken over a linebacker in the third because of Mikell’s situation.
I can’t confirm either that the Eagles will draft a linebacker in the third round of this years draft or that it will be Wilson’s name that is called. What I can confirm however is that my choice of position taken in the third round sure sounds to be on the right track.
How should the Eagles front office handle the strong safety situation?
After the talents, or lack thereof, at the combine everybody at the safety position lost draft stock. As it stands right now the most highly ranked safety coming into the draft is Rahim Moore who ran a 4.50 in the 40 yard dash—and he isn’t pegged to be drafted until the second round!
Still think the Eagles should let Mikell test the waters? He’s going to be a highly coveted player so it might be in their best interest to get him signed within the next day, maybe day and a half!
Below are two lists safety’s currently with the Eagles and the top five ranked safety’s entering the draft. Have a look and please be sure to answer the poll question!
Top 5 Players of the Safety Class:
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